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Sep 28, 2012 8:00pm PDT
with you about this. it showed a certain force of character that he would say no. and romney has never done that. >> in a sense you have to do what both clinton and obama did, and to some reagan did as well, which is to push back your base, and while at the same time say i'm just going this for the camera, i'm your map. all of the great politicians know how to do that. they have to deal with their base in that way. >> eliot: president obama got significant criticism on the first couple of years of his first term on issues such as immigration and lesbian/gay issues as well and then suddenly there when he needed the base to come back he came out in support of same-sex marriage. and that solidified him as yes, once again he is our candidate. >> that's right. >> eliot: there you see him as the nimble politician, and i think that has carried him forward. >> as with bill clinton he is enemies right at the moment of election where you have this hard core opposition as clinton did with newt gingrich. and then people say maybe he'll unleash in the second term. i think peop
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Oct 2, 2012 5:00pm PDT
for a moment. answer the harder question about immigration. why didn't mitt romney act sooner on the immigration issue both because he don't think he believes the harsh rhetoric he used in the primary. he can't win without it. >> you know, i don't speak for the romney campaign but i also know that this campaign is going to be won or lost on the economy. it is not going to be won or lost on immigration. the fact of the matter is that hispanic voters are probably going to favor barack obama by two to one but i'll tell you something else, too. the unemployment rate is so much higher among hispanics especially young hispanics. the enthusiasm of those voters is not as high as it was four years ago. that's a big factor in colorado. >> eliot: that's true. dade, you have been following this campaign so carefully. mitt romney several months ago had a trump card. it was the economy. people gave him higher marks saying he can bring back our economy, create jobs, solve the deficit problem across the array of economic issues,
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